Wednesday, May 2, 2012 – 01:45 p.m.

A May surprise has popped up in the race to decide who will represent San Bernardino County’s Third Supervisorial District.

Mail from the San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association started showing up in District voter mailboxes Tuesday.

A surprise to many who thought the group, which represents Deputy District Attorneys, Deputy Public Defenders and Child Support Attorneys, was staying out of the race.

Who is the mail supporting?

The answer is County Supervisor Neil Derry.

Derry, who is being challenged by Former San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos and Department of Defense employee James Bagley, received the support of the Association four years ago, when he ousted five-term incumbent Dennis Hansberger.

To view the campaign brochure, click here: SBCPAA – Derry Mailer

It’s unknown as to what level of assistance the Attorney’s group has committed.

Prior to the Attorneys Association weighing in, Derry had already garnered the support of he San Bernardino Police Officer’s Association. San Bernardino City Firefighter’s, San Bernardino County Professional Firefighter’s, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, California Republican Assembly and the San Bernardino County Republican Party.